Spectrum brass seminar

Since our inaugural Spectrum Brass Seminar in 2012, we have taught over 130 students from 50 different universities and music schools around the country and abroad.

We strive to provide the most unique collegiate chamber music experience in the country, featuring a 2:1 student-faculty ratio, a focus on brass quintet repertoire, and an opportunity to develop your musical leadership skills.

Do you love to perform chamber music at a high level? Do you want to propel your musical skills towards a professional career? Do you hunger for inside information about forming and running a brass quintet?

The Spectrum Brass Seminar will provide all of that and much, much more! Currently located at the Bay View Music Festival in one of North America’s most spectacular settings, the Spectrum Brass Seminar provides unparalleled opportunities to learn, perform, and collaborate while soaking in the sandy beaches and historical beauty of Northern Michigan.

This exciting collaboration pairs the groundbreaking Spectrum Brass with the oldest music festival in the United States.  The Bay View Music Festival is part of a true Chautauqua and features a variety of professional and student performances throughout the summer in addition to classes, lessons, coaching, and much, much more.

The Spectrum Seminar is in session from July 15 thru August 12, 2024, at the Bay View Music Festival.  Applications are currently being accepted for individuals and preformed groups for the entire five-week session.  We have room for two brass quintets, so make a great recording of yourself or your quintet, and apply today.

The environment at the Spectrum Brass Seminar mirrors life as a professional freelance musician by offering a balance of coaching, rehearsal, practice, and free time.

As an example, a typical day in Bay View might look like this:

  • Entrepreneurial Class
  • Private Lesson
  • Quintet Rehearsal
  • Lunch
  • Quintet Coaching with Spectrum Brass Faculty
  • Break Time (Head over to the beach)
  • Dinner
  • Chamber Brass Rehearsal
  • Free time